Forget Logan Square; the South Loop is actually a pretty good place to find some of the best breweries and craft beer spots – period. But on the flipside, it’s also a good place to find some of the not-so-best ones; so what’s a person to do? Well, you can read this blog to find out some of the best because we went out there and did all the hard work for you!
We’re going to start with Binny’s Beverage Depot. We’d heard some great things about it (“One of the best wine bars in Chicago” said one person. “They have several great craft beers on tap” said another. “Why haven’t you quoted me yet?” said a, let’s be frank, uninformed but pushy third person). They have a great selection of hard apple ciders and as they say themselves, if you can’t find it at Binny’s, it’s probably not worth drinking. They have a bar with several craft beer on tap (and rare whiskies too, but that’s for another blog). Binny’s South Loop beer is the best!
Kasey’s Tavern has some fantastic craft beers as well as amazing people watching! The décor is nothing special but they’ve got a long list of beers and a good staff on hand to serve it. We were amazed to find well over 130 beers. I guess it’s not surprising that Kasey’s has the second-oldest liquor license in the city of Chicago because they’ve done so well with it! They carry unique beers from all over the world along with local craft beers from the Midwest. Oh, they have 10 large screen TVs so there’s plenty to watch too!.
So where else can you find good South Loop beer? Check out First Draft to find over 50 beers on tap. First Draft also comes with good food (much better than your average sports bar) and a friendly staff. They have over 20 styles of craft beer that comes in specific glassware and really want to be known as the home for micro-brews in the South Loop. It’s up to you, though, if they deserve that name. Stop by and tell ‘em!
Finally, as our quest for the best South Loop brewing company wound down, we arrived at Motor Row Brewing. You know these guys are the real deal because it turns out they started home-brewing by themselves in college. They specialize in lagers – they have eight beers on tap – and use non-traditional hops. We tried the Reclamation which is a Helles-style lager we found crisp. Plus there’s free popcorn!
If you’re looking for an easy way to sample tons of different beers, you should get your ticket to the Chicago Beer Festival . On Mar 4th from 7-11pm, guests will be able to sample from brews from over 70 breweries. Whether you decide to go with General Admission or VIP, it will be a great time for all.
So there you go; four places to find the best breweries and craft beer spots and a festival to try them all. Have fun!